Meet Gregory Baker, future city manager of Damascus

gregorybaker.jpgBy Emily Fuggetta, The Oregonian 

DAMASCUS — Gregory Baker is a busy man.

When he isn’t working for the consulting firm he founded, Baker spends his time organizing a community outreach program focused on getting urban kids into nature, writing his book on minority business, participating in church activities or performing with his Smokey Robinson cover group Bake and the Tenderhearts.

But Baker, who will begin as Damascus city manager July 9, said he’s ready to put all that aside and focus on helping the city work through its issues and develop a comprehensive plan.

“Right away, I am certain we’re going to look the fact that they’re required to file this urban growth plan,” Baker said. “That’s a big thing in my mind, and I want to work with the council and mayor as a team to address that with a sense of urgency.”

Baker, an Air Force veteran who was born in Kansas City, Mo., was an assistant city manager there from 2001 to 2008. During his time with the city, Baker worked in the water services, planning, human relations and code enforcement departments, as well as the Kansas City Aviation Department, which owns and operates the Kansas City International Airport and Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport.

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